Hey Black girl, heyyyyyy

Hey Black girl, heyyyyyy
Hey Black girl, heyyyy As you move around today Don’t give way Or pivot Or make yourself small. Don’t apologize Or avert your eyes. You can if you wanna. But you don’t gotta. Go ‘head now take up space. Our mothers, Our sisters, Our Aunts, And sistah-friends, They are the wind on our backs; The nudge on our shoulders. Lean on... Read more »

My assault taught me a valuable lesson

I was deciding which eyebrow brush to buy in the makeup section at Walgreens. A young Black man walked toward me: 16, 17, or 19 years old with short dreads and a wide nose. He carried a skateboard and the burden of racial bias so I wasn’t going to do what most people do. I... Read more »

Angry black woman; hear that cry

Angry black woman; hear that cry
When Serena Williams demanded an apology from chair official Carlos Ramos at the US Open this weekend there was a moment so familiar to me. The moment happened when she said the word “never”. “You owe me an apology. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life…” @49 seconds   The escalation in... Read more »
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5 steps to start a podcast with your kid

I love podcasts. I love my daughter. My daughter loves me, podcasts and My Little Pony. I also produce and co-host a podcast called Race Bait. My daughter has listened to episodes and sings along to the theme song. One day she was telling me the ins and outs of a My Little Pony episode... Read more »

Black girl in a White suburb

You can listen to the audio version here You can read the previous chapter here Black girl in a White suburb by Tania Richard chapter 3 My Junior year History teacher looked like an Italian 1970’s porn star dressed in polyester. He didn’t wear gold chains but he might as well have. He was also... Read more »

Moms and mosquito bites

“Mommy I have a mosquito bite.” I heard this quite a bit while we were in the north woods at a family camp called Camp Nawakawa. Mosquitos rule the area and can make or break the experience communing with nature. “Mommy I have a mosquito bite.” “I see. I see. Try not to scratch it.” We’ve... Read more »
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Black girl in a white suburb

Black girl in a white suburb
You can listen to the audio version here. You can read the end of chapter 2  here Black girl in a white suburb chapter two The one about the Caterpillar If it weren’t for theatre the part of myself that I shrunk might have shrunk other parts by proxy. I loved theatre and theatre loved... Read more »

Celebrating good neighbors in dark times

Although this weekend’s news about the children being separated from their parents and held at the border haunted me I was fortunate to spend time with my neighbors Lesley, Jay and their son. Lesley and her husband Jay have an ability to connect with people that inspires me. They know everyone in the neighborhood and... Read more »

"Inaction is action": Here's what you can do to help children and parents separated at the border

"Inaction is action": Here's what you can do to help children and parents separated at the border
All weekend long I heard the distant screams of children. The screams hailed from Texas where kids and parents are being separated. I can’t shake the screams. This is America. This is happening in America. This is how we treat children. In America. This weekend I enjoyed my children, appreciated my husband, engaged with my neighbors. I... Read more »
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Black girl in a white suburb

You can listen to an extended audio version here Chapter one 2/2 Chapter one (3/3) The one about living vicariously Because I obsessed over White boys in my formative years and White boys didn’t obsess over me I thought I was unobsessable. Unwantable. Okay those aren’t words. I didn’t think anybody wanted me or would... Read more »